Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Festive Tangling

The Muster Mixer challenge this month was to take two of your favorite patterns and tangle them together into a new pattern. I really love tangles like Gra-Vee and also have a lot of fun with Festune (I think they look like patty pan squash). So I decided to mix them together and came up with two different results.

I also did some last minute Christmas Cards. The middle one didn't scan very well, there are ribbons and such but they don't show.

Have a lovely holiday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Count Down to the Holidays

This is an incredibly busy week with lots of parties, finals, and the son will be home for three weeks starting this Saturday. The party on Monday was the final ornament exchange that I participated in this year.

I stitched a cute house for this exchange:

Four different views and my holiday message to you.

And I received this lovely ornament:

Stitched by my friend Margaret
I can't wait to get my tree up so I can hang all the new lovelies up in pride of place.

The Diva Challenge this week is the last of this year and is to, "Give the gift of zentangle to someone in your life."

I tangled this on a SpringBoard and gave to a friend this morning:

Tangles Used: Flux and Luv-a
Tangle Used: Gravee

As it says on the house above, "Merry Christmas from our house to yours."

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tea and Memories

This past Wednesday I went to the annual ornament exchange at my Embroiderers' Guild meeting. There was so much exquisite work there. It was very inspiring. The piece I received touched me very much. We exchange names early in the year so that we know who we are stitching for and Barbara heard me tell a story at a program that I taught about a set water colors I had when I was a kid. It was a large set (probably about 96 in the set) and here is what she created for me:

I stitched for Kim who had asked for, "Summer and Flowers." I found this cute scissors case at Luv 2 Stitch in San Mateo and thought it fit the bill perfectly. I slipped a pair of scissors into the case to complete it.

I have been working hard in my drawing class so haven't gotten a lot of tangleing done. So I always look forward to Monday and the Diva Challenge. This week is a first Monday and thus a Use My Tangle challenge. The Diva chose the tangle African Artist by Tina-Akua Hunziker and I loved the look of it so much I started doodling with it in my sketch book right away. Before having finished my morning tea. So in my under-caffeinated state with my first attempt I forgot step 6 and my second attempt I got all the slants in the same direction.

After regrouping, and applying a more appropriate amount of caffeine, I did a couple more pieces. My first attempt above had reminded me of several skeins of floss lying side by side so I did this (leaving out step 6 on purpose this time!)

And then I noticed that it could be done in such a way as to look like a tree. Add an Arukas star to the top and you could use it on a Christmas card!

I never actually made it to working on a tile but I'm sure I will be using this tangle often.